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A/Prof. Jan West



Associate Professor


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Life & Env Sciences


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, La Trobe University, 1994

+61 3 925 17054

Units taught

I teach two second year units SLE211 (Principles of Physiology) and

SLE221 (Anatomy and Physiology)

Also teach into SLE323 (Advanced Topics of Biomedical Science), SLE360 Australian Invertebrates and supervise students for SLE314 (Research Project)


2014 Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence

This award recognises the excellence of your contribution to teaching and learning at Deakin. It is a tribute to the calibre of your teaching, knowledge, experience and commitment to your students and their academic experience.

Project entitled:  Reach For the STARS: STARS (Scientific Thinking for the Acquisition of Research Skills) is an authentic large-scale, multi-campus student driven undergraduate research experience.

Team members: Dr Jan West, Dr Steve Cheung and Dr Lynda O'Sullivan


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Reflections of participating in a Students as Partners co-creator project in a second year Physiology subject: An example of an Internationalisation at Home experience

J West, J Gatt, D Ho, K Nunn, M Popplewell

(2024), Vol. 21, pp. 1-30, Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

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The potential of digital credentials to engage students with capabilities of importance to scholars and citizens

K Miller, T St Jorre, J West, E Johnson

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 11-22, Active Learning in Higher Education, C1

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Occupational outcomes for bachelor of science graduates in Australia and implications for undergraduate science curricula

S Palmer, M Campbell, E Johnson, J West

(2018), Vol. 48, pp. 989-1006, Research in science education, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1

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Exposure to As(III) and As(V) changes the Ca²⁺-activation properties of the two major fibre types from the chelae of the freshwater crustacean Cherax destructor

G Williams, E Snow, J West

(2014), Vol. 155, pp. 119-128, Aquatic toxicology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

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Infestation levels of the gall midge Asphondylia floriformis (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) on its host plant Sarcocornia quinqueflora (Chenopodiaceae)

A Veenstra, J West, J Milne

(2014), Vol. 29, pp. 37-44, Plant protection quarterly, Meredith, Vic., C1-1

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Cane toad or computer mouse? Real and computer-simulated laboratory exercises in physiology classes

J West, A Veenstra

(2012), Vol. 56, pp. 56-67, Australian journal of education, Camberwell, Vic., C1

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Changes in muscle composition during the development of diving ability in the Australian fur seal

D La Rosa, D Cannata, J Arnould, L O'Sullivan, R Snow, J West

(2012), Vol. 60, pp. 81-90, Australian journal of zoology, Collingwood, Vic., C1

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Avoiding the second year slump : a transition framework for students progressing through university

J McBurnie, M Campbell, J West

(2012), Vol. 20, pp. 14-24, International journal of innovation in science and mathematics education, Sydney, N.S.W., C1

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Contribution of stretch to the change of activation properties of muscle fibers in the diaphragm at the transition from fetal to neonatal life

D Cannata, K Crossley, C Barclay, D Walker, J West

(2011), Vol. 2, pp. 1-13, Frontiers in physiology, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1-1

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Maternal creatine supplementation from mid-pregnancy protects the diaphragm of the newborn spiny mouse from intrapartum hypoxia-induced damage

D Cannata, Z Ireland, H Dickinson, R Snow, A Russell, J West, D Walker

(2010), Vol. 68, pp. 393-398, Pediatric research, Baltimore, Md., C1

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Altered fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibre characteristics in female mice with a (S248F) knock-in mutation of the brain neuronal nicotinic acetylcholine receptor

D Cannata, D Finklestein, I Gantois, Y Teper, J Drago, J West

(2009), Vol. 30, pp. 73-83, Journal of muscle research and cell motility, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Arsenic speciation in the freshwater crayfish, Cherax destructor Clark

G Williams, J West, I Koch, K Reimer, E Snow

(2009), Vol. 407, pp. 2650-2658, Science of the total environment, Netherlands, C1-1

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Total arsenic accumulation in yabbies (Cherax destructor clark) exposed to elevated arsenic levels in Victorian gold mining areas, Australia

G Williams, J West, E Snow

(2008), Vol. 27, pp. 1332-1342, Environmental toxicology and chemistry, Chichester, Eng., C1

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Alterations in the proportions of skeletal muscle proteins following a unilateral lesion to the substantia nigra pars compacta of rats

A Sliwinski, D Stanic, D Finklestein, M Ilic, J West, P Dooley

(2005), Vol. 26, pp. 149-155, Journal of muscle research and cell motility, Dordrecht, Netherlands, C1

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Properties of slow- and fast-twitch muscle fibres in a mouse model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

J Atkin, R Scott, J West, E Lopes, A Quah, S Cheema

(2005), Vol. 15, pp. 377-388, Neuromuscular disorders, Oxford, England, C1

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Two fast-type fibers in claw closer and abdominal deep muscles of the Australian freshwater crustacean, cherax destructor, differ in Ca2+ sensitivity and troponin-I isoforms

A Koenders, T Lamey, S Medler, J West, D Mykles

(2004), Vol. 301A, pp. 588-598, Journal of experimental zoology Part A, Comparative experimental biology, Hoboken, N.J., C1

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Differential effects of arginine, glutamate and phosphoarginine on Ca2+-activation properties of muscle fibres from crayfish and rat

D Jame, J West, P Dooley, D Stephenson

(2004), Vol. 25, pp. 497-508, Journal of muscle research and cell motility, London, England, C1

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Effects of glycine and proline on the calcium activation properties of skinned muscle fibre segments from crayfish and rat

E Powney, J West, D Stephenson, P Dooley

(2003), Vol. 24, pp. 461-469, Journal of muscle research & cell motility, [Dordrecht, Netherlands], C1-1

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Free amino acids in claw muscle and haemolymph from Australian freshwater crayfish at different stages of the moult cycle

P Dooley, P Crouch, J West

(2002), Vol. 131, pp. 625-637, Comparative biochemistry and physiology part A: molecular and integrative physiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Effect of tibial bone resection on the development of fast- and slow-twitch skeletal muscles in foetal sheep

J West, N Williams, A Luff, D Walker

(2000), Vol. 21, pp. 209-222, Journal of muscle research & cell motility, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Amino acids in haemolymph, single fibres and whole muscle from the claw of freshwater crayfish acclimated to different osmotic environments

P Dooley, B Long, J West

(2000), Vol. 127, pp. 155-165, Comparative biochemistry and physiology: part A, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Developmental changes in the activation properties and ultrastructure of fast- and slow-twitch muscles from fetal sheep

J West, C Barclay, A Luff, D Walker

(1999), Vol. 20, pp. 249-264, Journal of muscle research and cell motility, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Characterization of ultrastructural and contractile activation properties of crustacean (Cherax destructor) muscle fibres during claw regeneration and moulting

J West, D Humphris, D Stephenson

(1995), Vol. 16, pp. 267-284, Journal of muscle research and cell motility, Dordrecht, The Netherlands, C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Principal Supervisor

David Cannata

Thesis entitled: Pre- and Post-Natal Development of the Diaphragm

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Gemma Williams

Thesis entitled: Arsenic Accumulation and Speciation in Cherax destructor: Effects of Arsenic Contamination

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Lynda Anne Kearney

Thesis entitled: Dissecting the Role of socs Proteins using Zebrafish

Doctor of Philosophy (Biol & Chem), School of Life and Environmental Sciences

Associate Supervisor

Robyn Yucel

Thesis entitled: 'Nature of Science' in undergraduate curriculum: A critical realist exploration

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences


Cuong Van Huynh

Thesis entitled: Penicillate Fauna of Australia and the South East Asian Region: Taxonomy, Biology and Distribution

Doctor of Philosophy (Life & Env), School of Life and Environmental Sciences